Sunday, October 5, 2008

The proof is in The Pudding...(No Pudding Necessary)

As you have all read, I have been busy working out and being careful what I eat. I have been running more as well, and trying to motivate myself to add more mileage on to my runs. In the past few weeks I have lost 6 pounds which is great. I attribute it to pushing harder with exercise and the careful documentation of every bite I eat.

I have been analyzing my eating habits and nutrition daily through my great nutrition program I have for school. It takes a lot of time and effort to do, but obviously it is paying off in the end! YEAH.. I have been cutting out most dairy, especially high fat cheeses. I honestly do not miss it much. I have been generally happy with the Skinny B!tch cookbook and all the recipes I have made are delicious! If any of you have other ideas for great and healthy vegan cookbooks I would love to hear them!!! Please?

On another great note, I have had great success with my running speed! I was so thrilled to know that I dropped almost a minute off my mile per hour speed. Trust me it's still really slow, but was great to know that my speed it picking up some. Really just on the road. I have the hardest time at the gym on the treadmill. I just don't challenge myself enough to pick up the speed. I get bored really easily too. I am concerned that I will build up my distance and lose it when the snow comes as I wont be able to run outside. UGH! I dread the snow for that reason. It's so pretty but it really limits what I can do... Any ideas? Anyone else struggle with that in the winter? I really would like to run some races, and it seems that if I can build up now that would be great and then add more distance when the spring comes to be ready to add some races to my summer schedule.

All in all I am seeing how my weight (which is still WAY less than it was) nutrition and exercise go hand in hand. Without one in balance the other is not. I had a friend that used to say that with each 10 lbs I lost I would see about one minute per mile of speed time come off. I am seeing now that he was right (with only 6 lbs.). Its so exciting to realize I am doing it, I can do it and I will succeed at running again(I also had a knee injury for a year PFS and it prevented me from doing much running, it was really hard). Funny I ran a half marathon about 3 years ago, I still play with my shiny finishers medal and still get choked up over how I felt crossing the finish line... I want to be there again!


Permission to Mother said...

That is really cool about your running time. So glad to hear you released some pounds. Yeah.

Kati said...

Congrats on your weight loss! My favorite vegan cookbooks are Vegan With a Vengeance and Veganomicon. Not sure how healthy you'd consider those, but all the recipes are very tasty.

~ April ~ said...

Congrats on shaving a minute off your time, as well as the weight loss!

I've recently cut out dairy out of my diet (not by choice- my nursing son is very sensitive to it, BUT I'm trying to look at the positive that at least I'll probably lose some weight, as dairy is my favoritest food.)

Thanks for comment on my knitting case. And, I have no clue what circular needles are. LOL!

Angie said...

Am I ever with you on that crossing the finish line! I'm so proud of you, Carrie! You've triumphed and have so much wisdom! I MUST invest in that cookbook ... sounds really good! I'll see what recipes I have and send them your way.

I always remember that same thing ... 10 pounds lost=1 minute lost ... so true!

As for snow ... what about getting snowshoes? I've heard it's fun - or cross country? Naturally this stuff is not cheap - but it's something different. Maybe you could do pilates, yoga, spinning, etc?? We have similar circumstances only ours is heat! Horrible, horrible humidity!

Let me know what you come up with!
Take care and congrats!!

Permission to Mother said...

Snow Shoes that's cool! Or Cross Country skis. Wow! Great ideas.

fitncrafty said...

Snow shoes would be sort of fun.. not the same as running however, I heard it is a really good workout...
Thanks Angie..