Getting Pumped!

I’m so excited for my new vegan challenge! I’ve been planning out the menu and the workouts but it is not ready yet. I’ve decided to officially start when Daniel and I return from our trip on January 13th so stay tuned! However, I’m going to try to eat as vegan as possible before then to get my body a little better adjusted… I ate sausage and cheese last night! My parents had bought Daniel this box of meat and cheese with crackers for Christmas and we broke into it last night. I gotta admit it was pretty tasty.

Here’s what I ate yesterday:

meal plan

meal plan

meal plan

Since I couldn’t put the exact information in for the meat and cheese box, I just chose similar items and amounts. I had some left overs for lunch: the chickpeas curry with rice, and a Wendy’s side salad.

For my workout I did Jillian Michael’s six week six pack. It is killer! My abs are sore today.

Tomorrow, we leave for Kansas City so I’m hoping to fit in another good workout before we leave! My goal on this vacation is to eat as close to vegan as possible and fit in as many workouts as I can. But it’s vacation, so I’m not going to stress about it! I’ll kick it into high gear when I get back!

If I don’t drop in before the 1st, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Working It Out

This week has been surprisingly good for me in the exercise department! I’ve gone to the gym twice this week and one day I stayed home and did some strength training.

Monday was a gym day. I was on the treadmill doing a workout suggested by my best friend, Charissa. She has been rocking it in the gym doing walking workouts only! Can you believe it?

She suggests using the highest possible incline on the treadmill (typically 15%), and walking at a pace of 4.2 MPH. It kicks my butt! I could only handle about two miles of it at that pace and then I walked half a lap before running 1.25 miles (without an incline). I started out at 7 MPH but after a couple laps I knew I couldn’t keep it so I lowered it down to 6.5 MPH and then eventually 6 MPH. I walked a couple laps after that to cool down. It was a challenging workout. Here’s the summary:

workout summary

Typically running a mile only burns 100 calories but the inclined power walking really burns a lot! 514 calories for going 3.75 miles? I’ll take it!

On Tuesday I did the strength training exercises from the Health magazine article I found. I ended up only doing one set though.. I was tired.

Yesterday I was determined to get another good treadmill workout in. I did the same inclined power walking workout for 2 miles and then switched to running. This time I wanted to run a farther distance so I started at 6.5 MPH so I wouldn’t get burnt out as easily. I ran for two miles and then walked 3 laps for a nice cool down. It was so refreshing! Here’s the summary:

workout summary

I’m pretty excited for these new workouts and hope to keep them up. Today I’ll be doing more strength training at home. I plan to incorporate more track running with the treadmill workouts just so I get more “real” running in. I’ve noticed that switching from treadmill to track is really hard, at least for me. I find treadmill running easier because the track does some of the work for you. I’m hoping to maybe start running two miles on the treadmill and then running 1-2 miles on the indoor track afterwards to start out.

It feels so good to be working out again!

Do you have a favorite treadmill workout?

A Job Well Done

So, I was in the kitchen A LOT yesterday. First off, I made a cake. But I didn’t eat any of it! Why, you ask? Because I made it for someone else. It was a thank you to a family friend. According to them, it was delicious! I was a little unsure on how it would turn out since the recommended bake time did not seem long enough. So I can’t show you the inside of the cake but I can show you the outside!

Chocolate Chip Cake

I can attest that the batter and the frosting were delicious! It’s a Chocolate Chip Cake recipe that I found on Pinterest. It was easy to make and creative! I don’t know why I’ve never thought to put chocolate chips into the batter before. Someday I’ll make it for myself.

Lunch was actually made by Daniel. He cooked up some Swai on the stove and some noodles and veggies.

Swai and noodles

He cooked the Swai in coconut oil and then added teriyaki and soy sauce for flavor. Not bad! It was actually pretty filling so I only ate half of my Swai filet.

I didn’t get motivated to workout until later in the evening when I went for a 2 mile run. Daniel was out so I went without him. Once I got back I was starving so I made an easy egg and veggie dish. The photo turned out bad but it was just 3 scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach, green pepper, and Roma tomato, with a little mango salsa on top. I’m kind of a lot of obsessed with the mango salsa. It’s the Private Selection brand. It’s amazing. I could eat it at every meal.

When Daniel got home I guess he had been wanting me to wait for him to go running so I agreed to go out for another 2 mile run with him. It was pretty easy to run the 4 miles when I had a little break in between.  We talked about how we should start running 2 miles in the morning and 2 miles at night but I think it’d be easier to get it over with all at once. Plus, I would need two showers a day for that. I sweat a lot!

Later that night I got a hankering to make a sweet but healthy dessert. There are a lot of suggestions out there on how to make one ingredient ice cream using bananas so I thought I’d give it a try. I’ll be back with another post on that later. Basically, it’s awesome and everyone should try it!

Here’s the rest of my meals:

Meal Food Calories
Lunch Swai and nooddles 250
fruit smoothie 220
Snack Fiber One Peanut Butter Brownie 90
Dinner Egg, spinach, roma tomato, green pepper, mango salsa 350
Chex Mix 170
Dessert Frozen Banana Ice Cream 55
Total 1135

For running 4 miles and staying under calories, I’d say that’s a job well done!

Loaded Up On Appetizers

Heeeeeeyyyyyyyyy……

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn Flakes 100
Almond milk 90
Fruit 15
Lunch Veggie wrap, small salad, fruit 175
Brownie 120
Snack Rice and veggies 60
Tortilla, lettuce, cheese, and mango salsa 280
 Dinner Crab Rangoon Dip and Loaded Potato Ribbons 550
Shark Taco 230
Drink Little Apple Brewing Co. Beer 100
Total 1720

Yeeeeeaaaahhhhhhh……

So at my grad orientation they had a delicious lunch for us. I opted for the veggie wrap instead of a sandwich. And they had an array of cookies and brownies. I would have tried everything on that dessert display but I resisted and took one brownie. Also, I made a point to only eat half of it, which means I ended up eating 3/4 of it.  I didn’t want to be that freak taking pictures of my food on the first day of meeting everyone, so unfortunately I don’t have a pic. But trust me, they fed us well!

As I mentioned yesterday, Daniel and I went over to Garret’s to play some disc golf. There’s a course right by his house. I suck at throwing it far so of course the boys had to give me a bunch of advice on how to throw it better. I’m not sure I really saw any improvement but I had fun nonetheless.  We were getting attacked by mosquitos and getting hungry so we decided to head over to Wahoo Fire and Ice Grill for those Wednesday $2 shark tacos. And the appetizers sounded fabulous so we had to get a couple of those.

Crab Rangoon Dip anyone?

crab rangoon dip

Or perhaps you’d fancy some loaded Potato Ribbons?

potato ribbon mountain

I thought I was pretty hungry so I ordered two shark tacos. Since the coconut shrimp appetizer we had last week from Wahoo was a little disappointing with only 5 shrimps we thought all the appetizers were pretty small. Boy were we wrong! I ended up just eating one of my tacos.

shark taco

Everything was so good. I’m pretty sure I ended up eating most of the crab rangoon dip. Crab bits and cream cheese, yummy! And those wonton chips were delicious with it. I may have also experimented with dipping some of the potato ribbons into it as well.

Ok, so I’m not doing so well on the calories and workouts again. I’m struggling to get myself motivated. I see a great workout online and I think “oh yeah, I can totally fit that in today.” And then it never happens. I’m hoping once I have a consistent schedule after school starts I can begin to fit them into my day. Also, once I have access to the campus gym I feel like I’ll make more time for it.  It’s hard to get motivated to workout at home but once I’m actually at the gym I’m pretty motivated to have a good workout just because I made the effort to even get to the gym.

Anyone have tips on how to get motivated to workout?

Double Time

I’m back again to update you with Saturday’s success…er failure.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Almond milk 30
Lunch Corn dog with ketchup 190
Veggie burger with bread, ketchup, mustard 190
Dinner Grapes 40
Mac & Cheese, BBQ, salad, cantalope 369
Dessert 1/2 Brownie Bling Concrete 375
Total 1314

Ok it wasn’t that bad but I did go over. That Brownie Bling was necessary! We were back in Topeka and I NEEDED some Sheridan’s. Look at it’s beauty.

Brownie Bling ice cream

I love fudge on ice cream and it did not disappoint!

We had dinner at Daniel’s sister Kelly’s house. Her husband, Nelson, grilled some delicious BBQ ribs.

BBQ

Love me some good ol’ fashion BBQ!

Workout Report:

I ran friday and saturday! Be proud.  Friday was just 2.5 miles because I made Daniel run with me before his class and he didn’t have a lot of time. Then saturday we ran 4.5 miles! It felt great! But we did walk for some of it.

So I’ve decided in order to really see how I’ve been doing each week I’ve started Weekly Wrap-ups!

Week Wrap-Ups

I was fine for most of the week until the end. I did well keeping track of my calories more but the weekend is where I really slacked. I knew I was going over and I didn’t stop myself. My goal for this next week is to not let social gatherings cause me to exceed my calories for the day (at least by a large amount i.e. 700+ calories).

So moving is going well, we are pretty much done with all of the big stuff, just have random clothes, books, knick knacks left to sort through. I have taken the before photos of the place but it may be a little while before we’re completely settled but I’ll provide some “progress” photos soon!

Oh and tomorrow is mine and Daniel’s one year anniversary. I have already been surprised with my gift!!!!!! Now I just have to think of a clever way to give him his. I can’t wait! I’ll tell you all about it later! For now, we gotta finish sorting through boxes. We also currently don’t have internet so I’m typing this at my parent’s. It should be installed tomorrow. Have a lovely Sunday evening!

Fun Friday!

Happy Friday ya’ll! I’m giving a quick update since I’m about to head to a pool party with Daniel and he’s impatient (it was his last day of summer class so he’s ready to party!).

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Almond milk 30
Snack Grande Soy Iced Chai Latte 240
Fiber One Bar (just half) 80
Lunch Banana cream smoothie 210
Veggie sandwich 220
Dinner Soft tacos (3) 339
Total 1239

Yesterday was another busy day working on the table and chairs. I think we’re done with 3 of them and now we’ve started staining the table. Not sure it’ll be done by sunday when we move…

We also ran some errands for things we need at our new apartment, like a bed frame. While we were out we had lunch at the People’s Grocery, a local organic grocery store in down that has a deli. We order the veggie panini and shared it along with a Banana & Cream smoothie. Yum!

veggie panini

I want a sandwich maker so I can have warm sandwiches like this all the time! There was spinach, peppers, tomatoes, cheese, and pesto. Delicious combination.

Then, since it’s thursday, it’s necessary to go to Porter’s Bar for the 50 cent tacos. We went with our friend’s Robert and Amy. I realized by the end of the day I didn’t have many more calories to expend so I only ordered three soft ones. They were still filling!

tacos

Disclaimer: These are actually Amy’s tacos because I ate mine before I could take a pic.

They’re just so tasty! Beef, lettuce, cheese, salsa. What’s not to like?

Annnnnnndddddddd I didn’t work out yesterday. But today is a new day and on this new day I did workout — more on that tomorrow. For now, I’m off to drink my weight in beer (just kidding, I hope). Have a fabulous Friday!

Oh Baby I like It Raw

Yesterday started off fairly healthy with my usual breakfast of cereal (lame, I know, but it’s easy) and then some filling snacks.  I had some fresh orange and yellows peppers with delicious smooth ranch dip (it’s like crack to me, I love it).  I always thought that fresh vegetables were better for you than cooked but I wasn’t sure if that was myth or not so I decided to solve the mystery. Scientific American has an article explaining the pros and cons of cooking raw vegetables.  I always thought cooking destroyed the proteins and vitamins (which is somewhat true) but boiling and steaming veggies can actually increase some of the antioxidants. The downfall is that Vitamin C, being highly unstable, breaks down when heated.  Cooking helps us digest but then the heat also denatures enzymes that aid in digestion as well. So basically, there’s no one straight answer. A combination of cooked and raw fruits and vegetables is your best bet for obtaining a balance of vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes that help your body.

I know some people think cooked vegetables taste better but I think raw can be just as tasty! (With some dip of course)

peppers and ranch

I managed to have some of them cooked veggies too! Brown rice with bell peppers and a little teriyaki, soy sauce, garlic and onion powder, honey, and sesame oil. Mmm Mmm!

Stir fry veggies

Here’s where things went bad….

chinese

My mom suggested it and how am I suppose to say no to something so tasty?

Wednesday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Almond milk 30
Snack Peppers and ranch dip 60
Fiber One Bar (just half) 70
Lunch Brown rice and stir fry veggies 170
Dinner Chinese Food 696
Total 1146

Luckily with the first part of the day being so good, it didn’t push my calories over with the Chinese food.

And I went running THREE miles! There’s this route I used to always take in my parent’s neighborhood that has an intense hill. I used to run about a mile to it, then it’s a little less than a half mile down it and when I reached the bottom I would turn around and go right back up it and run back home. I did pretty well making it up most of it but had to walk the last little stretch. Then I had a to walk another block after that and stretch out but from there I was able to run all the way home! Not bad for feeling like I’m out of shape. I have a love/hate relationship with hills. I never feel like I have that good of run if there isn’t some challenge like a hill but at the same times hills just SUCK. The feeling after conquering that hill though feels pretty good.

Any body conquer some hills lately? Or accomplish anything they’re proud of?

Tomato + Basil = LOVE

What up:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 120
Skim Milk 90
Lunch Left over chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy 190
Apple sauce 50
Drink Grande Soy Iced Chai Latte 240
Dinner Pasta mix with veggies and Vodka sauce 280
Tomato basil wontons 192
Total 1162

Booyah! Under 1200 calories again. While Daniel and I are temporarily staying at my parent’s house, any condiments and such that we had at the apartment are now being stored in a mini fridge in my parent’s garage. We decided to use up more of what we have by finishing off the Vodka Sauce bottle and some of that pasta stash we hord have. We bought some fresh yellow and orange peppers to add some bulk.

vodka sauce pasta

At the store we decided it was also necessary to get some wonton wrappers, mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, and basil. I think you know where I’m going with this. Tomato Basil Wontons!

They are so good and stupid easy to make. This time, I decided to try to fold them up more and I’m liking this way MUCH better. First, they fit into your mouth easier (always a plus); and second, I think they look more wonton-y and less crab rangoon-y, you know?

tomato basil wontons

tomato basil wontons

Yeah, check out those glamour shots. I ate six of them. I love them so much. I want these served at my wedding some day, that’s how much I love these things. Tomato + Basil = LOVE.

Ok, enough drooling over food.  Workout time! I did nothing yesterday.  After moving everything out of the old apartment I did some cleaning and decided that was enough, ha. But I did an intense run (by my standards) today to make up for it.  But for now, I gotta go sand a table!

It’s A Double Rainbow All The Way

Yesterday was a busy day working on those said chairs that Daniel and I are re-staining and reupholstering. We tried to get a lot done so we could finally have two chairs complete! We decided for easier moving we’re not going to put all the chairs back together until they’re in our new place. However, I could not wait that long to see the final result so we pieced one together real quick. Here it is next to the last chair that we need to work on.

Chair old and new

Major transformation! It’s doesn’t even look like they came from the same set! I’m so happy with how the stain turned out. I wish I would have taken some pictures when we used the horrific 2-in-1 Polyshade. It literally just looked like chocolate paint. So we sanded THREE times! That’s right. The initial sand, then after the Polyshade, and then again after some stain when we realized not all of the Polyshade was off so some of the stain wasn’t absorbing.  But it was all worth it! Check out that contrast! (Ignore Daniel’s white legs, they’re not part of the contrast).

Chairs old and new stain

And that fabric upgrade?! Totally worth the $4.50/yard. Score!

Fabric old and new

The rest of the after pictures will have to come once we move.

So here’s my meals from yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 100
Almond milk 30
Snack Protein Shake 120
Dinner 5 Tacos with salsa 552
Drinks Double Rainbow, Tarantula, Lemonade & gin 409
Total 1211

We were so busy in the afternoon working on the chairs that we didn’t really have a lunch. I was stuffed after those tacos though.  By the time we did finally eat dinner I was so hungry that I forgot to take a picture of it but they were tasty as usual. Every thursday at Porter’s, a local bar and deli, they serve 50 cent tacos. They’re simple but delicious and you can’t go wrong with the price. After consuming half my calories in tacos, Daniel and I preceded to hang out with our friends and have a few drinks. Now, tarantulas and gin lemonades are nothing to get excited about but have you ever had a DOUBLE RAINBOW?! No? Well I feel sorry for you. Look at it’s beauty.

Double Rainbow

It’s one of the bartender’s specialties. He takes fruit juices and Kool-aides and freezes them in ice cubes trays. Then he adds two of each color to the glass (hence the name Double Rainbow). He then pours the equivalent of typical long island liquors with some club soda over it. It’s the best drink I’ve ever had. So fruity-licious!

Double Rainbow

You can enjoy this delight at Auntie Mae’s Parlor. It’s not available until after 10pm when this particular bartender arrives. And it may only be on thursdays. But you should check it out. Or make your own at home!

As for my exercise yesterday, Daniel and I went on a run in the rain. It was that 2.5 mile route again. This time we ran it faster than usual since it was less hot. I was proud and tired. We’ve decided we’d like to run and marathon someday. Ok, Daniel wants to do that, I’d just be happy making it through a half marathon. I think we’ll start smaller though with a 10K and then work our way up to longer distances. Any suggestions on how to train for these races? I assume just slowly try to increase mileage but I wonder if there’s other techniques for faster times. Let me know if you have any advice!

One More Swai

Yesterday I woke up early and couldn’t go back to sleep. I decided to start my workout early by perusing Pinterest for some inspiration. I found this workout that sounded interesting. It was a good full body workout. Here’s the image for easier viewing.

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I did the Monday exercises. Then after that I went on a 2.5 mile run with Daniel! I felt great afterwards. It was my best workout day in a long time.

Here is yesterday’s meals:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 80
Almond milk 20
Eggs 220
Snack Smoothie 140
Wheat Thins 160
Dinner Almond Crusted Swai 424
Rice and veggies 160
Total 1204

So we made that delicious Almond Crusted Swai again. This time instead of mixing in parmesan with the almonds I added Panko bread crumbs. It made it crispy without as many calories. For mine, I just sprinkled a little parmesan on top.

Almond Crusted Swai

The rice was topped with a can of green beans, cucumber, yellow pepper, and I added a little soy sauce for flavor. The swai was my favorite part of the meal. I added a little lemon juice on top too. I could eat it every day and be happy. It’s sooooo good! Everyone should make it!

We actually finished the rest of our swai. Don’t worry, this won’t be the last of swai that you see on this blog. We plan to do some grocery shopping once we moved. Although we did end up buying some shrimp tonight for dinner. It was super tasty! Stay tuned for some delicious Alfredo & Shrimp Mostaccioli.