Thank you for visiting! This is a blog of my journey from an overweight gamer chick to running a half marathon. Wish me luck!
Here are a few abbreviations I use regularly:
GWF = GoWear Fit
C25K = Couch to 5K

Monday, July 12, 2010

7/12/10 I love being vegetarian!

Well, I have now been meat-free for two weeks and I am LOVING it! I feel better than I have in years. I have more energy and I actually feel happier. It seems odd that a change in how I eat would make a difference in my emotional state, but it really seems to have done just that. I also love that I can eat so many of the things I love like rice, couscous, beans, etc. Since the calories in each meal are typically quite a bit lower than those including meat, I am able to make certain changes and/or additions which make the food taste better and are often healthier. For example, I can cook more often using olive oil rather than cooking spray. I can include cheese a little more often.

I have also been able to add in treats a bit more often. YAY!!! Real Ice Cream!

Tim and I have both noticed a huge increase in our levels of satisfaction with our meals. We stay fuller longer. I am eating far less between meals now; normally just a piece of fruit and a granola bar mid-afternoon so that I have energy for my after-work workout. I have had far fewer sweet cravings than I normally do. The only problem I have experienced is getting enough calories!

My initial reasons for becoming vegetarian were primarily health based. The ethical and environmental benefits were just "bonuses". That balance has gradually shifted as I have done my research. It is now pretty equal between all three. The things I have read about conditions of animals as well as the amount of pollution generated and resources used in the meat industry, are shocking and most times completely revolting. I am more and more certain that this is a permanent lifestyle change. I just cannot look at a steak the same way ever again.

As a side note, I am finally up to where I was at towards the end of May with my running. It has taken longer than I hoped to get back, but now I am ready to move forward again!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

7/1/2010 Day? Who knows....

Wow, I have really neglected my blog. This was mainly due to a lack of motivation. I got really discouraged after injuring my adductor muscles and after an extended "break" to let them heal, it was really, really hard to get back into the swing of things.

I am back now! And more motivated than ever. Unfortunately, I am also a month behind now. I have had some big changes recently though that should hopefully help get me back on track.

1. Team AllEars 2011
I am so excited that I was accepted to become a part of this team. This is an awesome group of folks who are gathering together to help each other to achieve the goal of participating in the 2011 WDW Marathon Weekend.

2. Me? A vegetarian? Yep!!
Tim and I have made the decision to become vegetarians. I feel so good about this decision. It has been 3 days and the only meat I have eaten were a few mini bagel dogs. We were planning on a gradual conversion, but I am ready to go now! :) Tim isn't quite ready to give away all the meat in our freezer yet though.

Our reasons are the standard ones for this type of change. Health, ethical, environmental, etc. It is hard to say whether one reason was greater than the others for me. They are all pretty equal. For Tim, it is primarily ethical and environmental.

So, hopefully it is back to full speed ahead. I probably won't post daily like I was trying to do...we will see though. :)