Thursday, October 28, 2010

A week in the Vegan Life...

I am amazed at the interest in my now "60 Day" journey into the Vegan life. At minimum once per day, sometimes more, I have someone approach me and tell me that my facebook posts have made them curious. What do you eat? How much weight have you lost? How do you feel?


The food:

B-Fast: Banana with peanut butter and Ezekiel Bread. Coffee.
Snack: Trader Joes Soy Yogurt with granola
Lunch: 2 Huge Black Bean and Broccoli wraps with/ Red Pepper Hummus
Snack: Almond, raisins, and two fig bars
Dinner: Indian Food with a spinach wrap
Snack: Hemp Protein shake with strawberries and banana

How do I feel?

Though I was really trying to rule out the Vegan lifestyle as a silly option for folks, I have been amazed at the results. As much as I would love to have a huge hamburger, the trade wouldn't be worth it. I feel better than I have in 20 years. I train harder, fit into my clothes better..and rarely feel tired. There is no hamburger worth giving that up. :)


Started at 134 pounds on approx September 1, 2010
Currently: 121 Pounds

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Week! I Won't Be Sitting Around Eating Candy.

Alright, so it's Halloween. I was telling my friend this morning that I felt stressed. It even sounded silly saying it...but for some reason Halloween week is stressful for our household. Is it the parties, the costumes, the increase in kids energy? The late night trick or treating...the dread of hyped up, super charged kids all weekend? I don't know exactly what it is - but it IS! So, time to get serious about planning so that I don't let the week consume me like some crazy, hungry Halloween creature. Figured some of you might be feeling the same way - so I crafted a plan for all the mom's out there who, like, me...are starting to unravel before the week has even begun!


#1) MENU
Make your menu's for the week NOW! It's no big deal. Just look in your freezer, plan ahead and you can make sure that you aren't scrounging around looking for food as the hectic Halloween week begins! Guaranteed that the WORST place to figure out you are hungry is either at a classroom Halloween party OR late at night when you are preparing costumes for our sleeping Ghouls.

I don't care what it is. Commit yourself to being a warrior this week. Battle the overwhelming urge to say..well, next week I will work out. News flash: You won't. You know why? Holiday season is upon us and pretty soon you will find yourself saying..."At the first of the year..." So, get your shoes on and just go do it! 30 minute walk in the leaves, go to yoga, whatever...just MOVE.

Seriously. Just don't. Tell yourself right now that you will not eat any of the Halloween candy and then stick to it. Trust piece leads to two...then three...

Alright - one day at a time my friends!

Now, Onto my TRI - Challenge:

After I went out publicly (like a moron) and said, "Hey, it's my birthday and I am going to set a crazy goal and then Blog abut it", I really thought I made a great choice. I chose the X-Terra triathlon because it looked FUN. Ok, what an idiot I am. First of all, apparently the X-Terra is this Kick Ass TRI that few people will do. It takes a crazy amount of commitment to train. I didn't know how HARD it was going to be. More than that, I find myself on this nutty learning curve. I am like the white belt who decided that I would jump into the Black Belt class and is now getting their ass kicked about every fifteen minutes.

Well, it's been over a month. To be honest, lots of convo's in my head about not doing this, quietly stopping the blog and then moving on in my life. But, how weak would that be? So - onward! Now, it is true that I haven't been blogging because, honestly, I didn't even know where to start. It seemed embarrassing to have to blog some guy saying to me..."and this is the brake on the bike." Honestly, it was THAT bad. I am basically learning to swim, learning how to run without causing myself damage..and the biking. OMgosh...let's not talk about the biking.

But, it is a new month and I am re-committing to blogging this X-Terra adventure. heaven help me. At least everyone will get a good laugh!!!

Ok guys...get off your butts. I am going to get off mine right now. Running time. 4 miles. wooohooo. Not.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Still working on Last Year's Challenge

Last year was the year of improving my firearm skills. The goal was to go beyond the CCW qualification or the target shooting. I wanted to tackle defensive shooting. For me, the ultimate goal was to finish the year with an improved understanding of using a gun as a true means of self defense. I took a course offered by I.C.E. training last May. It was called Combat Focus Shooting. The instructor was well known for his unorthodox methods of teaching...and for the high level of expectation for his students. I may very well have been one of the more novice students he had, however, when you know very little...well, you can only go up from there!

I was able to complete the course, take with me as many lessons as I could retain..and then commit myself to training no less than once per month until the many concepts began to take hold. This is a small video from training last week. My goal was to focus on trigger control, reloading without looking at the weapon, work through any malfunctions I might encounter without pause.

After sending the video in for some instructor feedback from a member of the I.C.E. staff, I was told that arm extension and lateral movement is improving, shooting position is good, however, I am falling far short on the defensive approach of multiple shots and pulling the gun back to high compressed ready between targets. So...I keep training. :)