Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably saw this photo that I posted yesterday. I made the official switch to vegan after the first of the year, and so far I love it! I love the way that I feel after a meal, and I especially love all of the fun I’ve been having in the kitchen. I have a fair amount of experience with vegetarian cooking, but vegan cooking is a whole different ballgame (in a very good way), and I’m learning so much!
Hey All! Sorry for the radio silence over here. I’ll be completely honest and say that I just haven’t felt up to blogging.
This past week was the start of the Elf4 Health program, created by Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean and Elle from Nutritionella. When you sign up for the program, you are matched up with a partner (or “elf”) and given challenges to complete for each day of the week. You have one partner for 2 weeks, and then you’re matched with someone new for the second 2 weeks. My partner Annie has been amazingly supportive and helpful throughout week 1.
Here’s a rundown of the first week’s challenges:
Monday: Meatless Monday
The challenge is self-explanatory. I started my day with an Ideal Protein Chocolate shake and a cup of coffee. Lunch was a big salad with robust italian dressing. Dinner was a bit more challenging, as my current diet really requires a meat product for dinner. My only vegetarian options are tofu and eggs, neither of which we had in the house. I was a little bit concerned until I read on the Elf 4 Health Facebook page that fish was allowed for the challenge, so I went with some broiled flounder with green and wax beans. Deliciously healthy!
Tuesday: Unsubscribe from at least 3 email lists and/or catalogs
This one sounds kind of dull, but it was actually one of my favorites this week. Through the Facebook page I found a website called Unroll.me. If you haven’t used this service before, it’s an absolute must! You just enter your email address and the website finds all of the email lists you’re subscribed to. Then you just click “unsubscribe” from all of the ones you don’t want anymore. You’ll be amazed at how much less junk you get in your email! I found over 250 subscriptions, and unsubscribed from 215 that I didn’t need. Unroll.me also allows you to group related lists together and get them all in one big email each day. How cool is that?!
Wednesday: Try a new workout today!
My original plan was to go to a new bootcamp class at the gym Wednesday morning. I had plans to meet my friend Bill in the city, and since Wednesday was the busiest travel day of the year, I opted out of class in favor of an earlier train. I didn’t get to do a new workout on Wednesday, and will be taking the class this Thursday after work to make up for it.
Thursday: Call someone you’re thankful for and tell them
I didn’t call anyone, because I knew everyone I would’ve called was busy preparing dinner and hosting guests. Instead, I made sure that everyone on that list got a text at some point during the day wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving. A few people even beat me to the punch (looking at you Sarah and Michael)!
Friday: Track your water intake
I’ve recently become a HUGE water drinker. I always have a water bottle, and am constantly filling it throughout the day. My record is 7 bottles in one workday, for a total of 165.9oz. On Friday I successfully drank half my body weight in ounces, for a total of 82 ounces. This is about what I try to shoot for on a daily basis. To get your number, divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of water. So a 150 lb person would shoot to drink 75 ounces of water each day.
Saturday: Treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting
I went up to Troy on Saturday with my mom. We did a joint training session with James at Rezultz, visited my friend Louis at his flower shop The Enchanted Florist in Albany, and then headed into downtown Troy for some Small Business Saturday shopping. After we finished shopping we met up with my friends Jamie and Mike, Jamie’s father and her sister Laura for lunch at Spillin’ the Beans. This was one of my favorite cafes when I lived in Troy. They have excellent paninis, so I treated myself to “The Godfather”, which features hot sopressata, greens, tomato, balsamic drizzle, and mozzarella cheese, and is served with kettle chips. The diet I’m currently on allows very limited carbs, so sandwiches are often not an option. I decided to take a “cheat day” and have one, and I’m so glad I did.
Sunday: Complete 100 Burpees
This was a big challenge for me. I absolutely hate burpees. My form on them isn’t great, and they are harsh on my wrists and ankles. I was sore in the morning from Saturday’s workout, and I admittedly stalled until early afternoon. Around 1, I put on an episode of Psych on Netflix for entertainment and got started. I split them up into 10 sets of 10, with a 5 minute rest in between each set. This worked out beautifully. It made the process a lot more bearable for me, and I felt so accomplished when I was done!
Week one was a big success. I can’t wait to fill you in on Week 2! If you want to participate in the program, you can sign up now and be matched up for weeks 3 & 4 🙂
I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start. Happy Monday!
Happy belated Halloween, and Happy Friday everyone! I hope everyone had a safe and fun evening last night. I personally stayed in and handed out candy to the neighborhood kids. The best costume I saw all night was a little girl, maybe 2 years old, dressed as a skunk. Her tail was bigger than her! I got a little help from my puppy Sasha, who dressed up as Eeyore and LOVED meeting all the neighborhood kids!
She could not stand the head piece, and kept shaking it off.
I dressed up during the day for work. My costume was originally going to be Miss Frizzle from “The Magic School Bus”. I bought all the materials last weekend, but ended up being sick all week long and just couldn’t motivate myself to work on it. Since I love to dress up for Halloween, I was determined to find a costume that was both simple and fun. I looked through a bunch of ideas online, and finally landed on this one:
All this costume requires is a red trench coat, a fedora and a pair of black gloves. It’s super simple! I also got a chance to wear my brand new boots.
How did you celebrate Halloween this year? What are your favorite last-minute costume ideas?
Happy Weekend All!
I spent the weekend on Staten Island to cheer on my friend Bill as he ran the SI Half Marathon Sunday morning. Bill wanted Italian food for dinner Saturday night, so we did a little research and came across the menu for Joe & Pat’s. The menu looked fabulous-especially since it included Bill’s favorite Italian dish, lasagna- and the prices were reasonable, so we grabbed a cab and headed out.
We started off with some sweet potato fries, which were delicious. They were devoured before I could get a photo (sorry!).
For my entree, I had gnocchi with fresh mozzarella and eggplant.
Bill’s entree was-you guessed it-lasagna.
I had a lovely glass of red wine with my meal, while Bill had this espresso coffee soda. I got to try a sip, and it tastes like sweetened iced coffee with a little carbonation. Coffee and bubbles, simply wonderful.
For dessert we each had a cup of coffee and shared this very tasty slice of chocolate fudge cake. Om. Nom.
Overall, Joe & Pat’s was a deliciously pleasant experience. I would definitely recommend it to anyone visiting Staten Island.
I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start 🙂 Happy Tuesday!