I had another fan-f**king-tastic week. I feel like I’m on a roll lately. I’m feeling good, my energy is high, I’m getting in great workouts and eating healthy, vegan foods. And I realized yesterday that I’ve lost 8 pounds since I started using the My Plate app!
I’ve been here before – my weight has fluctuated for years – so I’m trying not to get too excited, but I am cautiously optimistic. I think using the My Plate app and keeping myself accountable on my blog helps, and of course being able to work out again is huge! Also can’t ignore the fact that when I cut out dairy, I lose weight (and feel a shit-ton better).
I kept under my calorie goal every day again this week. I think the last two weeks of June were pretty damn good:
I made a few new recipes this week. I already told you about the awesome vegan taco salad. I made that a second time and remembered to get a pic before I devoured it:
I also made tomato basil cream pasta. It uses cashews in the sauce to give it a “creamy” feel. The sauce is easy to whip up in your food processor (or blender, but I am in love with my food processors and use them for everything):
Heat the sauce, add it to cooked pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti), add lots of fresh basil and voila: a delicious, quick, easy vegan dinner!
Finally, I made a new drink concoction and I’m a bit obsessed with it. Juice one lime and one lemon, add cold water, stir in one tablespoon agave nectar. Perfect refreshing drink on a hot summer night!
I also did really well with workouts for the week. I shared with you already my battle with some mid-week laziness. I was proud to push through that and get in my workout, yet the next night I took an extra rest day and I’m equally happy about that. What was the difference? On Wednesday I knew that I was fully capable of getting in a good workout and that my hesitation was just laziness. My run was hard, but good.
On Thursday, however, I was feeling beat and like I was coming down with a cold. I had planned to ride 8 miles on the stationary bike but decided it’d be better to rest, eat something healthy, drink plenty of fluids, and take Zicam (I swear by this stuff!). I think this was a smart decision and it paid off: I woke up the next morning – at 6:45 am! On my day off! – feeling well-rested and energetic, and not only did I get that day’s scheduled run in but I made up my missed workout as well. (OK, so part of my reason for getting up early was to watch my boyfriend Adam Levine and Maroon 5 perform on the Today show, but I swear being rested helped!)
Here’s how the week went:
Monday Planned: one hour yoga. Actual: one hour yoga
Wednesday Planned: 2.5 mile run, 1/2 mile walk. Actual: 2.5 mile run, 1 mile walk
Thursday Planned: 8 miles stationary bike. Actual: off
Friday Planned: 2.5 mile run, 1/2 mile walk. Actual: 2.5 mile run, 1/2 mile walk, 8 miles stationary bike
Saturday Planned: 2.5 mile run, 1/2 mile walk. Actual: 2.5 mile run, 1 mile walk, 30 minutes strength routine for endurance athletes
Sunday Planned: 15 miles bike. Actual: 15 miles bike
I am so, so excited that my 2.5 mile runs all went well. I am feeling great, with limited, mild soreness after runs, and I’m looking forward to bumping up to 3 mile runs this week. The strength routine I did was tough (probably because tend to ignore this aspect of training), and my quads and hammies were protesting yesterday. The bike ride was awesome. We rode on a paved path this week, which J preferred. I’m partial to the other trail (quieter, more shade, more scenic), but his bike is better on roads. I imagine we’ll alternate our routes so we’re both happy.