A little background, I've lost some weight in the past. I grew up eating a pretty normal diet, but my mom was always good about getting low fat mayo, turkey burgers, diet soda, low fat cream cheese, etc. Then I went to college and there was full fat butter, whole milk whipped cream, and those disgusting Minute Steak cheesesteaks that were full of fat but tasted delicious. Oh yeah, and there was beer. Obviously I wasn't vegan or vegetarian before college, or during college, but the quality of my diet was severely different and as such...I gained weight.
By the end of my junior year I was about 30 pounds overweight. I started watching what I ate (and drank), I started exercising, and I eventually lost the full 30 pounds, although I don't think the weight I was at was ever sustainable for me. I didn't become vegetarian until after I lost the weight, and I didn't become vegan until after my weight sort of evened out.
I'm very frustrated because while I know exactly how and why the weight has come back on (stress!!!), I'm disappointed with myself for letting it happen. But what else can I do but fix it, right? I signed up for a 5K, I found a running buddy (we're going tomorrow, we'll see how that goes), I have a training plan, and a nutrition plan. I don't have a scale, so I don't necessarily have a number that I am looking for, but it'd be nice if my jeans would fit again without having to do the "stretch out the jeans" dance.
To start out on the right foot, I made some muffins last night. I know, that doesn't *sound* like it is on the right foot, but if they're the Sweet Harvest muffins from Sweet Freedom, they can be. You've had zucchini bread, and you've probably tried carrot cake or muffin. But this muffins packs in three different vegetables as well as something a little fruity. Plus there's a little chocolately hint of goodness. I did halve the number of chocolate chips.
Makes 12 Muffins
Nutrition Information: 214.4 Calories; 8.0g Total Fat; 0.9g Saturated Fat; 0.0mg Cholesterol; 36.7g Carbohydrates; 4.5g Fiber; 4.6g Protein
These are so nice and moist. One of my favorite things about this book (of which you can buy the hard copy or the e-book, like I did), is her reminder that you can freeze everything! I get tempted when yummy baked goodness is just lying around.
For lunch I had some roasted beets, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted garlic, and scallions with a sweet mustard dressing. Simply it was about 2tbsp Vegenaise, 2 tsp brown mustard, 1 packet stevia, and a few tsp of apple cider vinegar.
There was tofu too, but not pictured
Hopefully this is a new leaf turning over. Not just getting in better shape but generally having some stability, and hopefully a better 5K time.