Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I Cant' Change What Already Happened, I Can Only Control How I React

Vegan December rolls on. Last night was mushroom French dips and tator tots for dinner. So good! Today's lunch--since it is Wednesday and I need a reason to get out of the office--is Blaze Pizza. I like to get it without cheese and it is SO YUMMY! Their salad is also delicious. I just load both the pizza and salad up with all the veggies.

I went to the gym last night to do my run because it was COLD out. Not so much cold, but windy and cold and that's no bueno.

After my run, I did this workout:
I remembered posting one of these before (I don't save this list on my phone, I just update it) so I wanted to see how far I've come. This was my workout post from back in the end of October, I believe.
Well, lookie here. Some of these I have increased, which YAY! I've been nervous to increase the inner thigh weights, mostly because I don't want to pull a groin muscle so I'm taking my time with those. But, look at my arms. Boom!

Sometimes we need to remind ourselves not all changes are reflected on the scale.

Happy Wednesday! Halfway through the week is always a good place to be!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Oh the Cow in the Meadow Goes Moo

I wish I was the kind of person who could line up her Trader Joe's purchases all nice and neat like and take a cool picture.

I am not that person. By the time I'm done shopping, I toss that crap in the fridge and call it a day. I have no patience for pretty Instagram pictures.

Which is why I don't make millions as an influencer.

Vegan December continues. This week I am making my portobello mushroom French dips, pasta night with whole wheat spaghetti, and Chinese night. I got vegetable Gyoza, veggie fried rice, and some meatless General Tao's chik'n. I'll let you know how they turn out!

I also got some peppermint mocha almond creamer that is top notch and enjoyable in my coffee in the mornings. And I made a dip with vegan cream cheese, vegan chili, and vegan cheese and brought it to a friend's house on Saturday and it was a hit. I usually make this with dairy products, so I thought I would give the dairy free stuff a shot. You spread the cream cheese on the bottom of an 8 x 8 pan, then dump a can of chili over it, then sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Bake until heated through. Yum!

On the weight front, I lost 0 pounds this week. Didn't gain, didn't lose, came in at the exact same amount as last week. I know part of that came from me being ill-prepared with some vegan dishes so I ended up eating higher carb meals. Not that I am against carbs, trust me, but I think my calories were just higher last week because I went for convenience. This week will be better.

I have a lovely cold coming on, which makes getting to the gym difficult. I sound like one of Marge Simpson's sisters. It's very sexy. And by very sexy, I mean not sexy at all. But, I'll get my usual cardio and upper body workout done tonight.

Hope you had an excellent weekend and you kick Monday's butt!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Thrill of Hope, the Weary World Rejoices

We've had gray and dreary days here. As we trudge closer to the winter solstice the darker it gets. Which sucks. Because by the time I get home from work I don't want to do anything other than put on pajamas and stare at my Christmas tree.

Yesterday, as the afternoon wore on, suddenly THE SUN appeared in all its glory. Well, how do you do? By the time I got home it had set, but I remembered that glorious light and had enough energy to yank on my running clothes and head out for three miles.
I put on Christmas music and enjoyed the lights. The downfall of running when it's dark, I run slower because I worry about tripping. However, in the end, I managed a decent speed. I love seeing negative splits!
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

And So It Goes and So It Goes

Whew. November is done. On to December.

November was my up and down month, which means when all is said and done I lost a grand total of 1.6 pounds last month. Sigh.
In the immortal words of everyone, myself included, a loss is a loss. Which is true. And look at my grand total so far. Not too shabby for three months.

My weight loss challenge is done, but we haven't been given the results yet. The woman who runs it is a teacher and mom so we are all cutting her some slack because LIFE.

So far vegan December has been going really well. I know, it's only the 4th. Plenty of time for me to mess it up.

I saw a thing on Instagram where this guy talked about plant-based as a term. His thoughts were if MOST of your food is based around plants wouldn't that make you plant-based? Anyway, that's me. Mostly plant-based. Over the weekend things went great. I went to eat with a friend at a Mexican place called Gran Castor, which has some awesome vegan dishes. Try the jackfruit tacos if you're ever around there! Sunday I had roasted beets and pasta for dinner. Then Monday, I was running around late for work and just tossed food in my lunch bag. Leftover beets, and a frozen polenta thing from Trader Joe's. Well, the polenta had skim milk in it. But, I wasn't going to order lunch since I had it right there, so I ate it. Sorry, cows.

I went to the gym last night and swung by Trader Joe's to get some stuff. Ended up with vegetable fried rice, hash brown patties, and vegetable Gyoza. Had some hash browns and vegetable Gyoza for dinner last night. Brought the rest of the Gyoza to work for lunch along with some avocado and these:
Plan is some smashed avocado on top of these puppies. Yum!

I am getting into my running routine. My training starts January 1st, but I want to get used to running days and non-running days and play around with cross training. I'd like to swim on my cross training days as much as possible. It's such a great workout and easy my joints which is what I need after pounding the pavement (or treadmill) for hours.

All in all, so far a good week. Hope yours is going well. Happy December! And Happy Hanukkah to those that celebrate it!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Mostly Meatless Monday...on a Tuesday

I am not a vegan. I am a mostly vegetarian except when my husband cooks something with ground turkey in it and I eat it so he doesn't feel bad. I'm not even kidding. Is that love or just stupidity?

On Tuesday, I was in charge of cooking so I made these amazing Vegetarian French Dip sandwiches from Budget Bytes. I highly recommend that website, there are so many yummy and easy recipes there. I am also a fan of the Carrot Orzo Salad.

I added Trader Joe's Roasted Root Vegetables for a side and for an added protein boost, I dumped some chick peas in a pot with some veggie stock and a bit of salt and pepper. Then added some frozen broccolli I had floating around to that mixture.

My husband put a piece of provolone cheese on his ciabbata, but I wanted to keep it dairy free for my own.
The blurriness in the photo is actually from the steam. I pretty much shoved this in my mouth as soon as I took a picture. No time to let things cool!

I think I might try a mostly vegan December. Obviously, I live and share meals with three other people who are not vegans so I have to adjust, but I wouldn't mind ending my year with no meat. Added to that, I don't eat a ton of dairy (mostly my cream in my coffee and I like Trader Joe's Coconut Creamer), so it's not a huge change for me. We'll see how it goes. Not going to just go into this blind and on a whim, like la-di-da let's be vegan. No, Mama's gonna plan this through. In fact, I've already been researching vegan Christmas cookies. Yum!

Happy hump day!

Monday, November 26, 2018

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

I ran a local 5K on Thanksgiving morning. But, first, I ran the one mile run with the boys. I was with C who made it about ten seconds before he turned to me and said, "Mom, I'm tired." Buddy, if we can still see the start line when you get tired it's going to be a long race. He finished and was happy with his medal. Then my husband sat in the van with the boys while I did the 5K. I ended up finishing in just over thirty-seven minutes, which was a great time for someone who hasn't done much running lately.

Then we enjoyed our turkey day with family and food.

The rest of the weekend went by in a blur. Did some shopping, some decorating, but mostly just hung out with the boys. It was surprisingly warm here, so I did an outdoor run on Sunday.
I need to bite the bullet and get another timer for my walk/running. I use an app on my phone but for some reason it keeps freezing up on me about halfway through my runs. And it takes me a minute to realize, hey I should be running by now. Sigh. Other than that, it felt good.

Then there was this:
Hell yeah! That's the 1.2 I gained and then an extra .4 loss. It feels great to see that number go down! I'm still at that awkward place for pants. My pants are too big, but the next size down is just a smidge too small. We'll see if another week's loss helps with that.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It's almost December, can you believe it?!?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Hey Girl, We Can Make It Easy If We Lift Each Other

It is a marathon, a life change, not a sprint. That's what I said when I weighed myself yesterday. Honestly, I wasn't heartbroken. We went out for our belated anniversary celebration on Saturday night and I enjoyed pasta and wine, and more wine, and some other drinks, so I'll take the 1.2 gain.
It's my first gain in almost three months of doing this. Not too bad. Plus, like I said, we were celebrating on Saturday. That stuff catches up with you!

I didn't celebrate too hard not to get out of the house and run on Sunday. I love a snowy run. They're just so peaceful.
It's a short work week for me this week. I'm doing a Turkey Trot on Thursday, a 1 mile run with my  boys, then a 5K on my own. It's supposed to be cold but dry. Cold is doable. Wet, not so much.

Enjoy your week and Happy Thanksgiving!