Week 5

Week 5, day 1 of my training went as follows:

5 minute warmup walk

jog for 5 minutes

walk for 3 minutes

jog for 5 minutes

walk for 3 minutes

jog for 5 minutes

5 minute cool down walk

my total distance was 2.1 for a time of 31 minutes. I was a little bummed that my distance went down, but my total running time was less than that of my last run. Now the focus is shifting to getting me to run for longer amounts of time during one sweep and not shorter  intervals of time. So, I’m keeping focused and excited to get to day 2 of this week tomorrow!

I thought you might like to know what music I am listening to that helps keep me going. “I gotta feeling” by Black Eyed Peas is a get up and get going kind of song. You just can’t sit still when it plays and it makes me feel like the rest of my day is going to be great once I complete my goal! “Soak up the Sun” by Sheryl Crow is a great one! When I am running and the sun is beating down on me while this song is playing, I briefly close my eyes and take a deep breath in. I absorb the beauty all around me and enjoy the run so much more. “Bulletproof” by La Roux gives you that faster than light, invincible feel, lol.

Today I made avocado smoothies following this recipe:

  • 1 avocado, halved and pitted
  • 1 cup of milk (I used almond)
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons agave syrup (recipe calls for honey)
  • 8 ice cups

Blend them all together and voila! I didn’t have vanilla yogurt, so I used Silk strawberry yogurt. Since I was using flavored yogurt (which is high in sugar) I only added two tablespoons of agave instead of the three. Next time, I am going to try this recipe with vanilla almond milk and the vanilla yogurt. All in all, it turned out well and Anson loved it!

For dinner, I made an attempt at this recipe…..http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/tofu-tempeh-and-seitan/versatile-tofu/roasted-barbecue-flavored-tofu-and-vegetables/

I only used one pack of tofu instead of the two (since that makes enough for 6). I also used one carrot, one red pepper and didn’t have zucchini. I caramelized the onions first and chopped them instead of sliced rings.

Roasted bbq tofu with veggies

I thought it was okay, not as flavorful as I would have liked and I think it could have cooked longer. It seems Anson doesn’t like BBQ sauce (this was my second attempt giving it to him), so we made sandwiches instead!

BBQ tofu sandwich

Wish me luck tomorrow, I run for eight minutes straight! I’m worried and excited, but won’t give up……


So after being sick for eight days, I was finally able to run again! I was a bit nervous, it had been eight days since my last run. I thought I had done pretty well last time and felt like this week of illness would be a total set back for me. Today was day 3 of week four in my training. There are three days of training each week for a total of nine weeks. Luckily I am already four weeks in and the race in ten weeks away! Todays training consisted of the following:

It’s about 30 mins total

5 minute warmup

3 minute run

90 second walk

5 minute run

3 minute walk

3 minute run

90 second walk

5 minute run

5 minute cool down (walking)

My last run (prior to being sick and 8 days ago) was the same routine and my time distance then was 2.3 miles which isn’t to shabby considering how much walking is involved. That day was my best so far making it pretty nerve raking for me to wait it out all week. So I got out there today, 40 degrees with winds strong enough to cause major resistance, and post nasal drip…..ugh. I managed to push through and once I got to my last five minutes, my Couch-2-5K training app decided to stop causing my whole session to start over!! So I ran a bit further than I thought the time was and did an estimated cool down. None the less, my distance was 2.2 miles and I can’t complain considering I had a considerable amount of down time. So I am hopeful now and looking forward to my next run! Now, if I could just get back on track with my eating habits……

Sick and shoes!

So I’ve been sick for the past four days and haven’t been able to bring myself to work out. It’s awful, I hate it!! No work outs, no running!! My 5K training has come to a standstill. Ugh. Luckily, the morning I started feeling sick I managed to get in a 2 mile run/walk along with a workout. I’m still super frustrated at the fact that I haven’t been able to work out. I usually work out everyday with a run on alternating days. And if I miss one workout, I freak so you can only imagine my feelings now. What is it about feeling like crap that makes us eat like crap? I have done so well since the new year with my resolution of no desserts during the week. The minute I started feeling sick made me feel like I had a free pass to indulge in crappy foods. Since I had already started and broke my resolution, why stop eating junk now? I’m still sick right? Grrr. I’m pretty sure it’s the irrational type of thinking that leads to overeating, food addiction, and obesity. Lucky for me, all I can think of is my chance to work out again and I’m going to do it double time. I’m pretty sure I’ve gained five pounds this week!

On another note, if you aren’t a member of DSW then what are you waiting for? If you don’t know about it, DSW is a shoe warehouse that offers discounted shoes for men and women. Not only do they have great prices, they have a clearance section with discounts up to 70%.  As a member (which is free) you receive points every time you buy. Over time the store sends you a certificate in a dollar amount which matched the points you have earned. Recently, my mother (a shoeaholic) received a $30 certificate and offered it to me. She knows how hard I am training for my upcoming 5K and a new pair of running shoes would help out bunches. So I set out to the store and found this great pair of shoes!

They are much nicer and person and have pink on them!! They original price was $50 and they were in the clearance section marked 30% off taking the price down to $35. Don’t forget the $30 coupon!! Yup, I scored these bad boys for $5 and change! Many companies offer these types of memberships, but most will not let you use your coupons on clearance or sale items. Like I said, check out DSW, we all need shoes!

Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to get my running shoes back on and get back into my routine!

Updates, updates!

When I started on this journey eight months ago, I was wearing a size 12, or was it 14? Who knows at this point. I also used to wear clothing a little bit too big because
a.) I hated my body so much and
b.) I just didn’t really know how clothes were supposed to fit on me.

Becoming vegan definitely helps with weight loss in addition to better health, but it wasn’t until recently that my physical change has become more dramatic. I made the decision to enjoy sweets only on the weekends as my New Years resolution. This task has been a challenge since I became employed by a vegan baker five months ago. It’s just about three months into the new year and I have been going strong. I have incorporated daily workouts into my routine and taken on the challenge of participating in an upcoming 5K this May. I am now in my fourth week of training for the race and must say, I am thoroughly enjoying it. The race is in supports of Poplar Spring Sanctuary located in Poolesville, Md. They take care of and support rescued animals. Not only is my participation in this event to support the sanctuary, but a huge milestone for me. Three years ago I was living in excruciating pain, unable to lift my leg without the help of my hands picking it up. Now, I am running two miles in twenty-five minutes (and that includes walking in the mix)! I am determined to run this race and to do so with an amazing time!

My weight is down about fourteen pounds from eight months ago, but does tend to fluctuate within three pounds(as womans weights do). It gets frustrating being stuck at the weight range that I am at, I am eager to get into the 130′s and seem to be stuck around 141. I guess at this point, I am gaining muscle as I am toning the fat, makes it a bit tedious. The good news is I’m down to a size 6!!!! Wowee, I now have a ton of clothes that are too big….how much shopping can a girl do?

What am I up to now? Besides, the daily workouts and 5k training? Oh yea, and taking care of my now THREE year old son!!! As I mentioned, I have been working for a baker. Not just any baker, all of her desserts are vegan!! Woohoo!!!! I have also started writing weekly blogs on the Food Channel of Greenwala.com. I now have an account on twitter where you can follow my research and writings as well. I also have a big surprise in the works that will be revealed in due time. Until then, I promise to keep these posts more often and chalked full of information and resources.

I survived my week !

To my surprise, my struggle on this one was non-existent. The first day was a little rough since I was  venturing out on something completely new ! My body was hungry ! But the next day was easier and things went quit  well. I will save you the boredom of having to  read my daily menu and some it up with this……broccoli and brown rice with butter and old bay every day from Sunday to Sunday. Each day I lost a pound and at the end of my week, I was seven pounds lighter !! I am so excited about that. I went from 149 to 142 in a week and my goal is 135 !! Hey, if I do this another week, I can lose that last seven pounds right? Well on my eighth day I was craving something new and had an apple and added some strawberries to my diet. I also had three bites of Vegan Mac and cheese which I felt just terrible about.

I did some more research about this “Elimination Diet” which is different for everyone. The problem with my situation is that we have no idea what we are looking for !! We as in me, my family, doctors, etc. Many people who have taken to this diet already have an idea, ie-a dairy allergy. So at the end of my week, I am to add one type of food for a day and then back to my broccoli, brown rice and lentils (which I never did eat) for two days. Within these two days, if I show and signs of reaction (ie-I swell up in my hands, etc) then I have an intolerance to whatever it is I ate.

Well today I also ate veggie sushi for lunch  and a few GF or Gluten Free crackers with a Vegan Chicken salad spread!!! My right hand is now inflamed !!! Ugh, what have I done !! I was doing so well holding true to my Elimination diet….

Rewind to a few days ago……My heart was racing, my breathing restricted, and  my body fatigued (I do have a 2-year-old that has been waking up at 5 am!!!) My mother of course a worrier has since been on  my case about eating more and I suppose I let her constant suggestions make it seem okay to add more into my diet. I am regretful now and I assume that I will have to start this task all over again . Next time under the supervision of a dietician !

I am seriously feeling the pain at the moment and my mood is not great…….I am just at wit’s end having to constantly live in pain.

My week of lentil, brown rice, and broccoli, Day 1

I went to my  first vegan meetup last Wednesday at Mr. Chan’s in Pikesville and it was very nice. I enjoyed meeting other Vegan/Vegetarians and engaging in common conversation ! I met a dietician there that was kind enough to lend me some free advice. I was so happy to get a chance to speak with him as my doctor had previously recommend that I got to see a Dietician. Since insurance doesn’t cover their services, I had to hold off on an appointment: which I am still planning on (sooner than later, I hope). Mark, the dietician stated that there is obviously something not agreeing  with my body. Be it air quality or a food allergy, I need to figure it out.

To determine a food allergy, I must take the same approach as we do when introducing new foods to infants. I must eat broccoli, brown rice, and lentils for a week. During this time my body will detox and rid itself of nasty irritants. Mark said ideally my inflammation will dissipate and it takes a few days for anything to rid itself from our bodies. After my week of  a truly boring diet, I will then introduce one new food every three days. If it is in fact a food causing my health issues, this is a sure-fire way to figure it out !!

So, I am taking it upon myself to try this out. I would love to do it with a dietician by my side, but financially it’s just not happening now, so I’m just gonna wing it.

As of this morning, Sunday the 19th of September I weighed in at 148.8 lbs, okay….we’ll make it an even 149. I started my morning with my vitamins : zyflamend- a natural vitamin for inflammation, omega-3-which I would love to stop taking since it’s not vegan, glucosamine-also not vegan but good specifically for hands and knees, and diclofenac- a prescription for inflammation. I wonder if I am supposed to stop taking this stuff too? Most times when I run out of vitamins I feel an increase in pain almost immediately, so I’m really hesitant to do so. Perhaps I should and go full force here, eh? I also, had a hot green tea for breakfast, since I am staying away from all juices, etc.

For lunch I enjoyed some cooked broccoli with *ehem* butter (come on, I can’t go completely plain all week—-or can I?) and a little salt. So I am wondering a few things…………can I use butter and salt or any spice for that matter? People have allergies to spices too right? I just don’t know….

Ironically, I have gone my whole life without allergies, or so I thought.

So far, so good today !

I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, opinions, or any knowledge you guys have to offer!!!

Some interesting links

Here is a disgusting article I came across and thought I should share…… http://blog.peta.org/archives/2010/08/human_remains_found.php?c=pfs 

I don’t really have too much to say about that except ewww and I am a bit saddened by the fact that I am not completely shocked by it. It seems these types of stories are fairly common nowadays and I just can’t stand it.

Another sad article…. http://blog.peta.org/archives/2010/08/beef_recall_math_test.php?c=pfs

Now many meat eaters may not even be phased by this and I have to admit I used to be one of them. Somewhere in time reality set in for me and I realized that these creatures aren’t just put on this Earth for our abuse and shouldn’t have to suffer the way they do, which leads me to my next article….