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Quick Update on Busy Semester and NY Resolutions

Yay!  Since the LT and I moved this past year, neither of us have been for a doctor’s check up.  We just haven’t needed to, which I attribute to how we eat.  But technically for school, I’m supposed to have received a flu shot so I finally scheduled an appointment.  I got out of it this year (they aren’t giving them anymore!), but I know next year, I’ll be out working with the public in the healthcare field…so I’ll probably be forced to get one, unless someone can suggest a way for me to avoid putting that stuff in my body.

Anyway, everyone knows going to the doctor involves getting weighed, something I was dreading.  But it turns out, sticking to my workout resolution is working:  I’ve lost 5 pounds!

I don’t think it’s only been the workouts; I think it’s been some of the raw deliciousness I’ve been enjoying.

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Raw Cabbage and Pea Salad via Carol Alt’s The Raw 50

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Strawberry-Chocolate Ice Cream: 2 frozen banana, 1T cacao, 1 – 2T agave, 4 large frozen strawberries. Blend in the food processor until smooth and creamy…and delicious!

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Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

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Delightful, Delectable Kale Chips

Mmmm…just seeing those kale chips makes me want to make a batch tomorrow.  In fact, I think I will!

Thanks to these babies, I’ve been able to get back on track with my food while keeping up my workouts despite the intensity of this semester.  It’s my last before I start clinical rotations so I’m trying to enjoy the madness of school because at least it’s not work 🙂

Still Getting Stronger…But Eating Weaker

Funny!  I never made it to the spin class a few weeks ago.  I picked up my girlfriend and drove to the gym and then realized she’d forgotten her ID!  BUT…I did come home and hit up our little apartment complex’s gym.  And I’ve been going pretty strong since!  I’m proud to report I’ve been going to the gym 3 times a week since.  Yay!  Tomorrow (if I make it!) will be my first week of hitting the gym up 4 times in one week.

Run, run, run!

Run, run, run!

In food news, I’ve been lazy and haven’t uploaded any photos of my eats.  And to be honest, the working out combined with my courseload this semester, has really screwed up my good intentions.  I’ve been eating vegan, but a lot of cooked food.  I am feeling ok with this, but a little guilty and a little bloaty…

…well, maybe a lot bloaty.  I know I need to get back on the bandwagon here soon and I will.  But right now I want to focus on what I’m doing well, and that’s making it to the gym and getting good grades.  Oh and posting here, if not regularly, fairly often!

Here’s some eye candy:

L.L. Bean PoodleDoesn't Bishop look like he could be in the pages of their catalog?

L.L. Bean Poodle
Doesn’t Bishop look like he could be in the pages of their catalog?

Still Goin’ (Fairly) Strong

Here it is the 15th of January and I have been somewhat stickin’ to my resolutions.  Last week I went to the gym twice and took Bishop, our poodle, on 3 long walks.  I’ve been keeping up with my morning smoothies and eating salads for lunch and then a vegan dinner.  Here are some pictures!

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Green Smoothie…

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Made with bananas, spinach, and this! Mangos, papayas, and pineapples.

I also made some grapefruit-celery juice.

ImageImageImageAnd then I made a vegan carrot cake (from Skinny Bitch In the Kitch)

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ImageI know some of the pics ain’t so pretty, but I’m working with an iPhone and not a real camera. 

Tomorrow morning I’m meeting some of my girlfriends for a 6:30am spinning class.  I’ve never been spinning before so despite the early hour, I’m kind of excited about it!  Maybe I’ll even get some snaps…though I’m not sure I want to post my own photo online from an early morning workout session.

Yay! I Did It…Kind Of

So Lovlies, I did say that I would work out in the morning after taking the poodle on a walk with the LT.  What happened was a similar version to what I wanted: I ended up waking up a little on the later side, but it did go over to the gym myself and lift/would out a bit myself.  Then I came home and took the poodle on a big old walk just the two of us…while I listened to the NPR “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me” podcast.

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Hello, World. I am Bishop the Poodle.

So even though it wasn’t just as I planned, I did it…kind of! And then I made a vegan carrot cake complete with vegan cream cheeze icing.  Pictures to follow tomorrow…after the LT and I take Bishop to the dog park…with more pictures of that…

My Resolutions

It must’ve been something about 2012, but I was definitely NOT into blogging last year.  Maybe it was the moving from Chicago to Denver to Ohio.  Or maybe it was the fact that I finally got into grad school and it was HARD.  Maybe it was my time-consuming addiction to TNT reruns like The Mentalist, Bones, and Castle.  Whatever it was, I was DEFINITELY NOT into blogging.

But, if the date of this post is any clue, one of my new year’s resolutions is to get back in the saddle again!   And I’m starting tonight.  So let’s see…what’s been going on recently?  The holidays were not the best time for me in terms of sticking to my diet.  In fact, the LT and I have been complaining to each other for the past week or so.  It goes something like this:

Me: Uuugh!

LT: What is it, babe?

Me: I feel like a wildebeest.  I’ve been eating so awfully.  I’m all bloat-y and don’t even want to look at my skinny jeans.

LT: Well, the last time I worked out was 2 months ago.  I think I’m gonna return those Christmas jeans you got me for the husky-size.  I can’t even remember when we last had salads for dinner.  Speaking of…can we have vegan corn dogs with some of that awesome Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Mustard tonight?

Me: Mmmmmm.  Great idea.

So you can tell that our hearts are in the right place, but we just haven’t been motivated.  We need a meal- and workout-plan makeover/motivator sesh.  My master plan is to blog about some of our progress here and that will help keep me accountable.  And if I’m doing it; he’ll do it, too.

So for tomorrow, the plan is get a brisk walk in, in the morning with the LT.  And then maybe a little bit of lifting in the gym.  I don’t want to psych myself out by going too hard too fast.

So here are some of my resolutions:

  1. Workout more
  2. Eat more raw foods
  3. Start fencing lessons (yes, I want to learn to handle an epee!)
  4. Dress up at least once a week
  5. Learn to sew (I got a sewing machine from the LT for my birthday this past year)
  6. Go to bed earlier (like before 11pm!)

I’m getting started on the workout tomorrow and the bedtime piece now.  Toodles…but till later, below are some pics of some of the raw munchies we actually DID manage to sneak in over the holidays.

Addicted to Veggies No Pasta Pasta Salad

Addicted to Veggies No Pasta Pasta Salad

Raw Pizza with Cashew Nut Cheeze

Raw Pizza with Cashew Nut Cheeze

Green Juice and Cacao Mylkshake

Green Juice and Cacao Mylkshake

Raw "Roasted" Veggie Tart

Addicted to Veggies Raw “Roasted” Veggie Tartlet

Raw Sunflower Butter

Raw Crunchy Almond Butter

 

 

 

 

My Return?

Been gone from you for a long time, Lovlies!  Sorry ’bout that…though I’m sure it will happen again, since this blog is not my full-time job, Organic Chemistry is.

In the meantime, below are some of the eats I’ve enjoyed over the past few months.

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“Cheesy” Vegetables

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Raw Pizza

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 Burgers

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Raw Brownies

Whole Foods Denver Bags

Hello, Foodies!  Hope your day is going well!

I may spend most of the LT’s paycheck at Whole Foods, but at least forgetting my re-usable bags made me a bit smarter about my new city, Denver.

Isn’t this clever?!  I like how the bags show what produce is in season in the “Rocky Mountain Region”.

Just a fun little observation.  Now off to study for Microbiology.  An aspiring R.D. has gotta learn the basics first!